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Movie Review: EAT PRAY LOVE


This weekend I went to a movie. This is a rarity. With the exception of BABIES back in May, I hadn't been to a movie in years. I saw this trailer once, and I knew I wanted to go. Pack up the best friend (1 of 2 who love to travel, other is in Cambodia :) and we were off.
A lot of people told me they either loved the book, or they hated it, though none had seen the movie yet. I was excited. Whether or not you agree with the theme, this really is a beautiful movie. The scenery was to. die. for.
This movie is about a woman, Liz, who has recently gotten a divoce, then a younger fling, only to find out what she's been missing all these years is simply herself. She's a traveler, with a suitcase full of National Geographic features and pictures of her true love--the world. She takes a big risk to fully reaquaint herself with...herself; through a year of travel. Four months in Italy (Eat), four months in India (pray), and four months in Bali (love).
She 'feeds her way' through Italy with diverse friendships, laughter, and bigger pants with her 'no carb left behind experiment' all the while I'm gushing like a school girl at all the beautiful landscapes in the movie. Think Under the Tuscan Sun plus more food.
Next she's off to India, and I have admitted to myself before, it would be very hard for me to go there. Big cities, surprisingly, make me claustraphobic, and just watching the scenery unfold started making me sweat with anxiety. So many bright colors, soo many bad drivers. :) Liz, the main character, stays in a Hindu retreat house for the four months, mainly to meditate and find her balance and go through the pain of her past. The Indian wedding scene was simply breathtaking, and what fantastic cinematography! Beautiful movie shots.
*spoiler alert*
Lastly, she hops a plane to Bali, to finish out the story with a new-found family and man. Although this part (and really, all) of the story is very predictible, that didn't stop me from enjoying it. This movie is quotable, and I love her friend's quote, "You don't need a man, Liz, you need a champion!" A very enjoyable movie at 3 out of 5 stars. Predictible, and the theme of finding balance & your own god/spirituality within yourself knocked my rating down quite a bit, but for you travel-bugs & Julia lovers, happily put this on your netflix queue and enjoy it with some girlfriends and a pint of Ben & Jerry's. You won't regret it.
Watch the trailer here. Buy the book, a true story written by Elizabeth Gilbert, here.


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